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For Spurling, making friends means even more than football

Ernest Williamson played football with Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice in the 1940s and went on to play in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants. James Spurling met him working at a service station on Airport Road in 1979 after Williamson’s playing days were long behind him. A man in bib overalls…

Starting courageous dialogues

Rumay Alexander loves questions. Her favorite one has always been “Why?” The simple word leads to explanations, which can become understanding. But at the very least, it begins a discussion. “It’s those kinds of questions that will allow us, as a community, to become more inclusive,” Alexander said. “It’s not that you have to know…

Resolve to eat healthier in 2016

So what if you gain a little weight as you get older? A pound a year doesn’t make that much difference, does it? “A pound a year is not good. It cuts the number of healthy years of life,” said Barry Popkin, W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of…

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School recognized for global innovation

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) honored the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School Feb. 1, for its global innovation in leadership development. AACSB’s “Innovations That Inspire” award spotlights The Leadership App – a state-of-the-art app that markets UNC Kenan-Flagler’s advanced leadership program. It also serves as a course app…

New UNC PA program serves military, students, rural N.C.

Even though he’s no longer on active military duty, Dave Manning plans to use many of the tools and skills he spent two decades crafting. Manning, a former U.S. Army and Navy medic, is one of 20 students enrolled in the first Physician Assistant Studies class, housed in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of…

Carolina BOT unanimously passes Connect NC bond resolution

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on January 28 unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the $2 billion Connect NC bond that will be on the March 15 ballot. If approved, the bond would include $68 million in funding for a new medical education building at the School of Medicine. Board…

Hauser named Churchill Scholar

Blake M. Hauser, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England.…

Documenting Southern culinary cultures and histories

Elizabeth Engelhardt started writing about food by beginning with leftovers. Not the remains of a meal; the remains of her research. While she scoured resources for material to write a dissertation on women writers and environmentalism in Appalachia at the turn of the 20th century, she kept a separate file for “all kinds of materials…

Greenlaw 101, lecture hall for the 21st century

The recently remodeled Greenlaw 101 lecture hall has several cool features: a bright orange accent wall, rolling swivel chairs with adjustable desks and cupholders and a catwalk down the center of the room. The room’s eight big video screens plus a nine-panel screen in the front connect to the Internet or to an individual’s laptop…